the Degree Confluence Project

Norway : Østfold

3.5 km (2.2 miles) SW of Skjærhollen, Østfold, Norway
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 59°S 169°W

Accuracy: 20 m (65 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: Stone navigation cairns #3: Surface rock near the confluence #4: GPS photo #5: Sailing towards the confluence #6: Sea chart

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  59°N 11°E (visit #1) (secondary) 

#1: Panorama from N59 E11

(visited by Terje Mathisen and Halvor Norløff)

13-Jul-2000 -- The first sea confluence

We usually spend part of the summer each year in a cabin owned by my wife's parents. This cabin is located on Asmaløy, one of the larger of the several hundred islands in the Hvaler archipelago, just north of the coastal border between Norway and Sweden.

About 5 km south of Asmaløy, and just 3.5 km SW of the community center in Skjærhalden lies the n59-e011 confluence, just offshore from Søndre Lauer. This is a somewhat problematical point because it a) is on the unofficial list, and b) from the map seems to be a little over 100m from the nearest dry land.

Yesterday (13 July 2000) Halvor Norløff (picture #5) and myself set sail from Viker harbor on Asmaløy to check it out. Getting closer, we noticed the two old stone cairns (picture #2), put up when this area was an important fishing and sea pilot community, to help find the narrow navigatable channels between all the underwater rocks.

Just slightly over 100m from the confluence point, the sea chart (picture #6) shows an iron marker and a tiny surface-breaking rock (picture #3), both of them can be seen on the photo.

Using a Zodiac, it would be possible to land on this rock, to set foot on the confluence, but we tried instead to sail as close as possible to the exact point:

On the first attempt, we got to N59.00011 E011.00001 (picture #1), i.e. within 20m, which we decided was good enough, so we spent the rest of the day sailing around in this area which must be one of the nicest places in all of Scandinavia.

Terje Mathisen

 All pictures
#1: Panorama from N59 E11
#2: Stone navigation cairns
#3: Surface rock near the confluence
#4: GPS photo
#5: Sailing towards the confluence
#6: Sea chart
ALL: All pictures on one page
In the Skagerrak, about 360 m from the nearest land.